The Northampton Sangha meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the offices of Windhorse, 211 North St, Suite 1, Northampton, MA 01060. Ample parking is available in a lot beside the building.
(It is also only a mile walk from downtown Northampton.) Please arrive promptly by 7 – or a little early – as the outside door must be locked once we begin.
We offer guided meditation and discussion of practices of innate compassion & wisdom and natural meditation, adapted from Tibetan Buddhism but accessible to anyone of any spiritual background (or none at all). Experienced practitioners as well as beginners are welcome. Teachers are affiliated with Foundation for Active Compassion and Natural Dharma Fellowship.
Windhorse is generously providing us this space at no charge, so these gatherings are offered at no cost. (Over time, we may also offer half-day or daylong workshops, or special events, for a small charge.) Ample meditation cushions as well as chairs are available onsite.
We look forward to meeting with you as we explore inner resources to enliven, enrich, replenish, and transform our lives and our presence in the world.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me:
Guiding Teacher, Foundation for Active Compassion
Dharma Teacher, Natural Dharma Fellowship
Paul Mintzer is a mostly retired ophthalmologist. A long time meditator, Paul became interested in Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen in the mid 90’s and has been a student of John Makransky since John became a lama. Paul is a founding member of the Putney meditation group and lives in Southampton, MA, with his wife Ellen who is an FAC board member. Paul credits Lama John’s practices of Innate Wisdom and Compassion for radically changing his outlook on life.
Paul teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Northampton, MA.
Board of Directors, Guiding Teacher, Meditation Teacher
I was drawn first as a practitioner, because these practices offer a complete path of awakening based on direct experience and exploration – putting into practice the most profound essentials of the Dharma that might otherwise remain abstract or out of reach. As I began to lead meditation, they also seemed the most effective practices that I might be able to share. I especially appreciate how they can resonate with Buddhists as well as those of other faiths or no faith at all (being an initial skeptic myself, though now quite devotional) and how well they integrate into “real life.”
I love how these practices show up in and enrich every aspect of life. Joyous or caring moments take on greater meaning, treasured as sacred encounters and spiritual resources. Challenges can be met with a sense of being held in love and compassion, and solidarity with others in similar situations. Whether it’s personal hardship – like my treatment for cancer or the death of loved ones – or suffering in the world that troubles my heart, everything becomes part of the path. Through it all, the simple joy and deep wisdom of being is invited to shine through more and more.
It is sheer delight to share this path with others. Again and again, I have seen people in our sanghas grow and develop amazingly, each in their own way, discovering greater love, healing, confidence, joy and wisdom. It is of course deeply gratifying to help in that process, as others have done for me, for which I am eternally grateful. At the same time, we continue to learn from each other in such beautiful ways, as questions or struggles with practice become opportunities for deepening in clarity together. As John often says, awakening is a communal process. So true!
Read more about Bob on the Natural Dharma Fellowship website.